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Quantification of Annual Urban Growth of Dar es Salaam Tanzania from Landsat Time Series Data

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ABSTRACT

The information on urban land cover distribution and its dynamics is useful for understanding urbanization and its impacts on the hydrological cycle, water management, surface energy balances, urban heat island, and biodiversity. This study utilizes machine learning, texture variables and spectral bands to quantify the urban growth annually. We used multi-temporal Landsat satellite image sets from 2007 to 2016 and Random Forest classification to map urban land-use in Dar es Salaam. We also applied Annual classification approach to detect the spatiotemporal patterns of urban areas. This approach improved classification accuracy and aided in understanding the urban land-use system dynamics operating in our study area. The results pointed out that, the total built-up areas have grown from 318 km2, 388.6 km2 and 634.7 km2 in 2007, 2012 and 2016 respectively. The built up areas growth rate is almost 8%, which makes Dar es Salaam be among the fastest growing cities in Africa. The results indicate that, combining spectral bands, texture variables (NDVI BCI, MNDWI) and annual classification map approach was sufficient to map the urban areas. The approach applied in this research provides a useful guide to the urban growth studies and may also serve as a tool for land management planners.

1. Introduction

Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas, by 2050 66 per cent of the world’s population is projected to reside in urban [1] . Projections also indicate that between 2010 and 2025 some African cities will account for up to 85% of the population [2] .

This rapid growth is direct proportional to the environmental consequence by modification of land surfaces where large amount of natural lands have been or will be converted to various developed lands within which impervious surfaces are a major composition [3] . Converting Earth’s land surface to urban uses, accelerates the loss of highly productive farmland, affects energy demand, alters the climate, modifies hydrologic and biogeochemical cycles, fragments habitats, and reduces biodiversity [4] [5] .

From satellite observations of higher frequency, land dynamics now can be better understood from long-term data records at high spatial and temporal resolution [6] .

Urban environments are heterogeneous at relatively small scales and composed of a variety of land covers, including impervious surface (built-up areas, roads etc), green vegetation and soil (VIS) [7] .

Several indices have been developed to extract land cover information from satellite data. The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is the most popular example of a land cover index based on band ratios in multispectral remote sensing data. NDVI is not only band ratio used in urban areas but there are many more such as Modified Normalized Difference Water Index (MNDWI), Normalized Difference Built-up Index (NDBI); [8] , Normalized Difference Impervious Surface Index (NDISI) [9] , and recently Biophysical Composition Index (BCI) [10] which was found to be effective in identifying the characteristics of impervious surfaces and vegetation, as well as distinguishing bare soil from impervious surfaces.

Impervious surfaces can be mapped at annual frequency [11] also we can derive the magnitude, timing, and duration change and characterizing urban growth [12] .

But estimation of impervious surface from single or multi-temporal images mainly focused on the spectral differences between impervious surfaces and other land covers, have been ineffective to a certain degree due to the problem of mixed pixels in the coarse or medium resolution imagery and the intra-class spectral variability problem in high resolution imagery [13] .

In trying to solve some of these problems, some researchers fused optical and SAR images to improve the land cover classification and impervious surface estimation [14] [15] [16] . However, it has been observed that, the feature-level fusion is subject to influences of feature selections which may introduce uncertainties into the characterization of impervious surfaces [17] . Geostatistical features and textural measures also has been applied to distinguish between different land cover classes, and increase the accuracy of classification [18] .

Machine learning algorithms such as artificial neural networks, decision trees, support vector machines, Naive Bayers, and Random Forest, have been successfully used to extract urban impervious surface area [19] [20] . Machine learning algorithm have been performing well in prediction of categories from spatially dispersed training data and useful where process under investigation is complex or represented by high dimensional input [21] . Comprehensive review on different machine learning and techniques for classification surfaces can be found in [20] [21] .

Dar es Salaam, the business city of the United Republic of Tanzania, has experienced the highest population growth, according to the 2016 Tanzania Population and Housing projection [22] the city had a population of 5.46 million with average annual growth rate of 5.6 percent from 2002 to 2012 [22] . With population densities reaching 1500 persons/hectare (on average, approximately 150 persons/ hectare), it has a population about seven times the size of the next most populated city, Mwanza, and continues to attract more migrants [23] . These high growth rates have led to pressures on existing urban infrastructure and facilities including land.

The advances in spatial analysis from Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) techniques, studying and monitoring urban growth dynamics has become easier now days. A previous study that utilized linear and non linear complex modeling to quantifies land cover changes revealed that, the city is growing at annual rate of 6% [24] . On the other hand, a study which used Landsat images experienced difficulties in differentiating spectral similarity between bare soil and artificial white surfaces which led to poor classification especially in mixed urban areas [25] . Nevertheless both studies quantify the urban growth up to 2011, which create a need to understand urban land dynamic in last 5 years. In an effort to improve the classification accuracy, urban growth quantification and mapping of the missed period (2012-2016), we propose a new approach involving machine learning, texture analysis, and spectral bands to quantify urban growth.

A supervised algorithm called “Random Forest” used to classify each of the Landsat images from 2007-2016. Mean texture features of Biophysical Composition Index (BCI), Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), Normalized Difference Water Index (MNDWI), and original Landsat images combined together detect the urban land consumption rate and the changes that have taken place during the last decade. Annual classification map approach applied to detect the spatiotemporal pattern and quantify the urban growth.

2. Data and Methods

2.1. Study Area Description

Figure 1 shows the study area (Dar es Salaam) which geographically, located at 6˚51'S, 39˚18'E along the south western coast of the Indian ocean, covering total surface area of 1628 km2 out of which 235 km2 or 14.4 percent is covered by water bodies of mainly the Indian ocean and the remaining 1393 km2 is land area [26] . Generally the city experiences tropical climatic conditions, typified by hot and humid weather throughout much of the year with a monthly average temperature of 29˚C. The highest temperature season is from October to March

Figure 1. Africa and Tanzania (a) study area, Dar es Salaam (b).

during which temperatures rise up to 35˚C. It is relatively cool between May and August, with the monthly average temperature around 25˚C. Annual rainfall is approximately 1100 mm (lowest 800 mm and highest 1300 mm), and in a normal year there are two rainy seasons: the long rains from March/April to May and the short rains from October to November/December. Humidity is around 96% in the morning and 67% in the afternoon. The climate is also influenced by the southwesterly monsoon winds from April to October and northwesterly monsoon winds between November and March. The city is a lowland area with its altitude ranging from the sea level at the coast to an approximately 250 m in the South-west along Pugu hills situated about 25 km from the city centre.

2.2. Data Source

In order to carry out this study, 11-years time series of Landsat satellite images was utilized. Figure 2 shows total number Landsat imagery (20), resolution of 30m with cloud cover less than 20% spanning from 2007 to 2017 downloaded from the United State Geological Survey(USGS)/Earth Explorer (Reference system: WRS-2, Path: 166, Row: 65). Landsat images of Thematic Mapper (TM), Enhance Thematic Mapper plus ETM + (including Scan Line Corrector-SLC-off data), and Operation Land Image (OLI) were all selected for the analysis. All images were converted to Top of Atmosphere (TOA) reflectance. ETM- of SLC- off data were identified by using band-specific gap mask files in the SLC-off data products and filled using fill nodata tool available in QGIS 2.14.2 software. All data acquired between June and October (dry season).

Figure 2. Number of Landsat 5, 7, and 8 (TM, ETM+, OLI) data (path/row = 166/65) downloaded from USGS/Earth Explore.

2.3. Biophysical Composition Index (BCI) and Other Indices

Before calculating BCI, tasseled cap transformation required. For the first time, tasseled cap transformation was proposed by Kauth and his colleagues [27] . Since then, others have presented versions of the tasseled cap transformation for other platforms and sensors such as Landsat TM TOA [28] , Landsat ETM+ TOA [29] , and Landsat 8 TOA [30] . Three tasseled cap components related to “Brightness”, “Greenness” and “Wetness” respectively were derived and normalized as proposed by Deng and Wu [10] .

BCI was derived as per Equation (1), sourced from equation (2), (3), and (4).

B C I = 0.5 ( H + L ) V 0.5 ( H + L ) + V (1)

where H, V, L refers normalize first three tasseled cap components. TC1, TC2, TC3 Normalized such that:-

H = T C 1 T C 1 min T C 1 max T C 1 min (2)

V = T C 2 T C 2 min T C 2 max T C 2 min (3)

L = T C 2 T C 2 min T C 2 max T C 2 min (4)

Other Indices i.e. NDVI and MNDWI were derived as per Equation (5) and (6).

N D V I = N I R R E D N I R + R E D (5)

M N D W I = G R E E N S W I R G R E E N + S W I R (6)

where N I R is TM, ETM band 4, OLI band 5;

R E D is TM, ETM, band 3, and OLI band 4;

G R E E N is TM, ETM, band 2, and OLI band 3;

S W I R is TM, ETM, band 5, and OLI band 6.

2.4. Training Sample

Training samples were selected from each image. BCI images were used to extract consistent training samples, because they can effectively differentiate various land cover compositions, particularly between impervious surfaces and vegetation [13] . Further, higher resolution historical images from Google Earth were also used to collect training samples through visual interpretation on Landsat images [11] . For each class, we selected 5 to 10 classes in different brightness levels as training samples from each image. This was due to the fact that the number of land cover especially Built up areas depends on the image quality. Our three selected classes were: (1) Built-up areas consisting of commercial, residential, roads and other impervious features, industrial, and other associated land uses including: airports, parking lots, dumpsites, construction site, sport and leisure facilities etc. (2) Non-built up area includes cropland (agriculture) land, parks, grassland, forest, woodland shrubs, mangrove, green space, bare soil, and others. (3) Water body consists of artificial ponds, oceans and others. With the support of Google Earth, training data were collected with higher confidence.

To avoid biases results for our classifier, training classes had an equal number of training pixels per class. We used stratified sampling method [31] for sampling random points inside all polygons (training sample) of the same class.

2.5. Texture Analysis

Texture based on the Grey Level Co-Occurrence Matrix (GLCM) proposed by Haralick was applied on BCI, NDVI and MNDWI for each image [32] . Window sizes are important components of a texture analysis because of the multi-scale phenomenon. Using small window sizes could result in poorly sampled co-occurring probabilities and an inconsistent estimate of individual texture measures; while focusing on only larger window sizes could result in the eroding of class boundaries [18] [33] . Therefore it is necessary to use a range of small, medium and large window sizes and find optimal size.

After trial and error for different window sizes (i.e. 3 × 3, 5 × 5, 7 × 7, 15 × 15, 31 × 31), 5 × 5 window size was chosen. Mean spatial measures results were stacked together with original images.

2.6. Data Visualization

Before using training samples for our classification model, an exploratory analysis was performed to summarize data characteristics. We used bar plots and histograms to generate descriptive statistics for each attribute (band image), starting with band 1 to 5 and 7 as well as BCI, NDVI and MNDWI data. The aim was to reduce the number of variables by checking those which will have a higher contribution to the classifier due to the fact that Random Forest can be applied only to those variables which have been identified as the most important and which contribute most to increase accuracy [18] . Random Forest seems to perform better as long variable correlation is low [34] . Therefore colinearity test was conducted to check contribution each band image to our Land Use Land Cover (LULC) classes training dataset.

A commonly used value for high correlation to indentify the functional relationship between predictors and response variable is 0.7 [31] [35] . Table 1 shows absolute correlation coefficients above 0.7 observed among variables (bands). The result pointed out that, TM, ETM band 1, 2, 3 and 7 are highly correlated while band 4 NDVI, and BCI were not. The same test was conducted to OLI image bands also.

To reduce training time of classification model, the most significant predictive features have to be selected by using the importance measures [18] . Due to that, Internal fitted model, using condition interface decision ctree [36] available in R-party::ctree Package was performed on the same training dataset to examine the best combination of variables that may be helpful in predicting our land class. In the ctree model it was observed that, first split our training data set classes were mean texture (NDVI and BCI), followed by a band split based NIR band (TM, ETM band 4, OLI band 5), and the final split was on the blue band while other bands contribution was low. Basically MNDWI, NIR band, and NDVI band used to split water and vegetation from other classes, while BCI, Band 5 split soil class and urban areas from other classes. The decision tree helped us to see a combination of variables which were useful in predicting our land classes. Based on this internal decision by ctree algorithm, mean texture (NDVI, MNDWI and BCI), was chosen as an important attribute and stacked together with band 5, 4, 1 from landsat 5, 7 and band 6, 5, 2 from Landsat 8 OLI of the original image for our classifier.

2.7. Classification Using Random Forest (RF)

RF is ensemble learning [37] method that grows multiple trees during the training process. In each node is split using the best among a subset of predictors randomly chosen at that node. This somewhat counterintuitive strategy turns out to perform very well compared to many other classifiers, including discri-

Table 1. Landsat band correlation coefficient.

minant analysis, support vector machines and neural networks, and is robust against over fitting [34] . In addition, it is very user-friendly in the sense that it has only two parameters (the number of variables in the random subset at each node and the number of trees in the forest), and is usually not very sensitive to their values. Several studies have proved that RF performing well compared to other machine learning algorithm [11] [13] [18] [21] . RF was applied as our basic classifier considering its relatively robust performance, the capability of including a bigger number of variables, and quantitative measurement of variable contributions as proposed with above scholars. One advantage of RF is that, it generates an internal unbiased estimate of the generalization error as the forest building progresses using out-of-bag (OOB) error estimate. Figure 3 shows the methodology applied in this study.

2.8. Software

This study utilized open source, both QGIS 2.14.2 and R 3.3.1. RF classification model, was implemented using random Forest package provides an R interface to the Fortran programs by Breiman and Cutler (available at http://www.stat.berkeley.edu/users/breiman).

2.9. Annual Classification Map

Following assumption was taken into account in classifying annual map (see Figure 4).

1. The impervious surface Irreversible. Therefore, the impervious samples from the earlier years could be used in the later years

2. Urban land cover within a 30 m by 30 m pixel can take a varying length of time (e.g. 1 - 3 years) to change. So no big change can be expected within a year.

We selected classified map of 2007 as the starting image for its high classification accuracy due to the fact that, weakness of this approach lied in its depen-

Figure 3. The study methodology.

Figure 4. Annual classification map flow.

dence on the first image [5] . We used images with cloud cover less than 20%, and annual classification maps was initialized as {C1, C2, C3}, C1, C2, C3 are corresponding to classification image in year 1, 2, and 3. If a pixel was classified as non built-up in C1 and C2 respectively and in C3 classified to another class e.g. built-up, this pixel was set to unknowns. If the pixel was classified to the built-up area in C1, C2 non built-up area or water and in C3 that pixel becomes built-up area, that pixel was set to the built-up area. If the pixel was also classified as another class (e.g. non built-up area) in C2 and C3 while in C1 it was a built-up area, that pixel will be corrected as non built-up area, instead of built-up area and vise verse. Based on the irreversibility assumption above, persistent of built-up area samples should remain in all images while other classes may subject to changes.

2.10. Accuracy Assessment

The land class map was created from the rule-based on supervised classifications. An accuracy assessment was performed for all images from 2007. Google earth historical data helped in the collection of ground-truth. For each sample on land class, 100 stratified random samples were generated and resulted to two subsets. One was for training classifier, another one for accuracy assessment. Error matrix (also called confusion matrix) was used to evaluate the accuracy. The sensitivity, user’s accuracy and overall accuracy were derived as per equation (7), (8) and (9).

Sensitivity = C N C N + O R (7)

whereby CN is number of correct classified pixels in given class (e.g Urban) and OE Number of wrong classified pixels within that class (omission errors).

UserAccuracy = C N C N + C E (8)

whereby CE Number of wrong classified pixels within the class (commission errors)

OvarallAcurracy = 1 N i = 1 m Q i i (9)

whereby Q i i is number pixels in class i which were classified correctly as class i, N: Total number of Validation data m the number of classes.

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Results

3.1.1. Estimation of Urban Growth

Figure 5 Shows the three land classification results distributions from 2007 to 2016, indicating that the urban areas have increased by almost 100% from 2007 up 2016. The urban area has grown from 318 km2, 388.6 km2 and 634.7 km2 in 2007, 2012 and 2016 respectively (see Figure 6). The highest amount of growth was observed between 2012 and 2016, when the urban area almost doubled in size. With 8% growth rate of built up areas, this means Dar es Salaam is among the fastest growing cities in Africa.

The vegetation class has experienced a sharp decrease in the many areas, while protected areas remain unaffected. In 2007, the main land cover types were vegetation and arable land, accounting for more than 80% of the total area. After 10 years, this land cover has changed significantly with a rapid urbanization at the cost of losing this arable land and now it remained less than 60%. The long term impact of increasing built-up areas at expenses of vegetation and other land class will be led to modification climate condition in the city and cause Urban Heat Island.

The expansion of built-up areas was highly concentrated along major 4 highways, radiating outward the city (i.e. Morogoro, Bagamoyo-, Kilwa, Nelson Mandela and Nyerere road) while south east part (Kigamboni district) largely remain unaffected .

3.1.2. Accuracy of Changed Year Layer

Accuracy for each classified map was different; some were not well classified due to clouds pixels on the image. The base year map (2007 image) was well classified with Kappa coefficient was 0.82 which means that 82.9% of the classification was good. This is considered good because of a Kappa statistics above 0.8, indicating a strong agreement or accuracy between the classification map and the ground reference information [38] .

The average overall accuracy for the all study period was 80% with a kappa coefficient of 0.72. The accuracy was determined based on individual year’s map, due to that, the accuracy of the individual year classes varied considerably. The

Figure 5. Annual classification maps for three land class.

Figure 6. 10 years built-up area growth in square km.

sensitivity of the annual classes varied from 77.16% to 92.57%, the user’s accuracy varied from 79.50% to 91.95%, and overall accuracy varied from 75.4% to 84% (see Figure 7). The years that had the lowest accuracy (e.g. 2010 and 2015) were due to remaining cloud cover on images.

3.2. Discussion

3.2.1. Annual Based Classification Map

In this study, texture and spectral bands of Landsat time series data used to quantify the spatiotemporal patterns of built-up areas in Dar es Salaam from 2007 to 2016. Mean texture BCI, NDVI, MDWI and three spectral bands used to extract built up areas from non built areas.

The use of high resolution images from Google earth historical data can overcome the cost of collecting ground truth, especially when dealing with annual land cover changes in a period where these historical images are available.

However, there were some issues deserving to be discussed. One of the issues in this approach was missing data problem which influenced the accuracy of classification [11] . All images that had a little bit clouds cover in some part registered low accuracy. The annual map 2008, 2010 and 2015 registered low accuracy compared to other due to that reason. Several methods have been suggesting to tackle the problem [39] , but they need continuous data to minimize error. This is a challenge for some areas, due to fact that acquisition of continuous (16days) Landsat image scenes with cloud cover less than 30% is very difficult. The assumption set to classify our annual map worked very well especially in unmixed urban areas, but higher mixed urban (low density) areas, the separation of built-up and non built-up area produced some errors which contributed highly to unknown’s pixels of land classification

Also, it was found that there is confusion between ocean sand and built-up areas, due to similar spectral signatures. The most probable explanation for this is that sand areas appear spectrally and texturally similar to low density residential areas. However, our annual classification map approach showed more promising in discriminating these paired classes. This indicated that the combined spectral and texture variables (NDVI BCI, MNDWI) and annual classification map approach were sufficient to map the urban area. Water bodies were

Figure 7. Overall accuracy, sensitivity, kappa, user accuracy.

identified more accurately than the rest of the classes.

3.2.2. Study Limitation

The accurate classification in the quantification of urban growth is very important for city planners and other authorities. We have used Landsat image with a coarse spatial resolution of 30 m which is likely to miss some detailed information especially in highly mixed urban areas. Although we used texture analysis and annual classification map approach to improve the classification accuracy, for better quantification of urban growth, the availability of very high spatial resolution images, such as Sentinel-2, Quick Bird, Rapideye, and Worldview image data, will help in detection small-scale changes in those areas and quantify accurately the total urban growth.

4. Conclusions

This study utilizes RF algorithm, texture variables, and spectral bands to quantify the Dar es Salaam 10 years’ urban growth. We applied the annual classification map approach to detect the spatiotemporal patterns of urban area from 2007 to 2016 .The result pointed out that, the total built-up areas have grown from 318 km2, 388.6 km2 and 634.7 km2 in 2007, 2012 and 2016 respectively. The built up areas growth rate is almost 8%, which makes Dar es Salaam be among the fastest growing cities in Africa. The expansion of built-up areas was highly concentrated along major 4 highways, radiating outward the city, which agrees with other studies that cultural drivers such as; economic growth, population growth and transportation infrastructures have a higher impact on urban LULC change.

However, challenges presented in the discrimination of some classes between ocean sand and built-up areas especially in higher mixed urban (low density areas) require further improvements in future. With the additional temporal coverage by Sentinel-2 satellites (much higher resolution 10 m) in near future, further improvements in the classification and mapping of more detailed urban land use/cover on a large scale are expected.

Results from this study will enhance our understanding of the LULC changes in urban areas and its associated impacts. By quantifying urban growth and shows its direction, policy makers can analyze the effects of establishing new housing and road infrastructure in undeveloped areas rather than in existing settlements. This study provides a useful guide to the growth of Dar es Salaam, as well as identifies and illustrates areas in which expansion is taking place. This study may also serve as a tool for city planners. While only tested in an urban area (Dar es Salaam), this approach can be applied in other studies of LULC areas as well.

Acknowledgements

This work supported by the African Business Education Initiative Scholarship (ABE), under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). All satellite data used in this study were downloaded from USGS/Earth explorer. Moreover, the authors acknowledge the contribution anonymous reviewers for their useful comments

Author Contributions

Kamara Emanuel Gombe designed the research, performed analyses, and wrote the manuscript. Ichio Asanuma supervised the research and revised the manuscript, and Jong-Geol Park wrote a computer program. All authors contributed and approved final manuscript before submission.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Cite this paper

Emanuel Gombe, K. , Asanuma, I. and Park, J. (2017) Quantification of Annual Urban Growth of Dar es Salaam Tanzania from Landsat Time Series Data. Advances in Remote Sensing, 6, 175-191. doi: 10.4236/ars.2017.63013.

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